Sunday, November 29, 2015

No7 Drake Circus Plymouth Bloggers Evening

No7-Plymouth
You'd be excused for thinking my blog was like a bus service, none arrive and then they all come at once! I am making a conscious effort to get my posts up more consistently like the old days, who knew it could be so hard with a full time job and being an adult? Whether I have to wake up early two days a week or stay up late I will be trying my best!! Anyway...Last week I got invited to a an evening with my local No7 Drake Circus Plymouth store for an evening of beauty, a makeover and finding out about the secrets behind their best selling products. The No7 event was a great way to let us know more about the brand, it is true that I had misconceptions about No7 as I always thought of it as a brand for older women, my mum absolutely loves No7 but it's one that I've never given enough time before and I couldn't have been more wrong about No7....
No7-Plymouth
The event was held at the Grosvenor hotel in Plymouth, which was a perfect setting. It's a quaint little boutique hotel near the sea and the setup of the event was lovely. There were 6 other bloggers that attended and we each had our own personalised little bag of goodies and a No7 consultant to two bloggers.
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No7-Plymouth
 Their match made service is their unique selling point, it is an exclusive service to No7 that was developed by testing 200 skin tones so they were able to get a broad spectrum of colours - developing this was 5 years in the making! From this they have developed 12  different coloured foundations from the fairest to the darkest skin colouring, and offering different coverages. So how does the match made service work then? Using expert technology they have an LED light which is put against makeup free skin which takes 200 photos of your skin which then comes up with your perfect skin match - if you do have certain areas of the skin with conditions such as rosacea they will look at identifying other areas to give a more accurate reading. As well as foundations, from this they have developed concealer sticks, lipsticks and more recently blushers that will flatter and suit your skin type. It really is all rather clever!
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Makeup heaven!
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In between learning about No7 and having our makeup done we had some yummy healthy treats and some iced water from this rather fancy looking teapot! All perfect for that healthy looking glow!
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No7 Bauble
Their Christmas gifts get better year upon year, I had to do a double take when I realised this was Christmas tree bauble!
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No7 Star Bauble
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It was then my turn to have my match made service and this is the fancy device that does all the hard work! All of the No7 staff were super friendly and happy to help with all of our queries, it's so refreshing to be able to go to a makeup counter and not feel embarrassed or out of place, I know I certainly feel like this with some high street makeup brands (no names mentioned)... 
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Once I was matched to warm ivory, I had a gorgeous No7 makeover, including primer, foundation, concealer, blusher and bronzer! Unfortunately I didn't take a picture of my makeover as I was exhausted from work and the lighting wasn't great when I got home, but I loved everything that was put onto my skin and most importantly it matched my skin colour perfectly, so the match made service really does work!
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Not only are No7 a really down to earth brand, they also volunteer for Macmillan Cancer charity where they spend their time at The Mustard Tree which has been created to support people with cancer and their families. From their 'Look Good, Feel Better' campaign, the No7 staff help out and give them all a pampering with lots of lovely beauty products. I think this is such a lovely thing to give back to people who need all the love, advice and support they deserve and to get them back on their feet and feeling great again! Because of this it's no wonder that the No7 Drake Circus team won team of the year in 2014!
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Once you get matched to your colour, you can discover your very own perfect lipstick colour which will complement and flatter your skin type. This will come in handy in the future when I'm looking for a new shade as I'm not very adventurous with lip colours as I've always thought red doesn't suit me, so I've stuck with the nudes and light pinks. But it really is just about finding the 'right' red shade for you and it will be easy to do so now with this little card!
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As well as a fabulous evening we got to leave with some lovely No7 beauty goodies!!
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No7 Christmas Cracker
The No7 Christmas cracker is amazing!! I do love a good beauty filled cracker, a lifetime apart from the junk filled ones you pull over Christmas dinner. Filled with a lovely lipgloss (which I've been using ever since) and with a pink cracker hat and a useful makeup tip! 
No7-Christmas
 The tree shaped No7 gift was a good one and included a mascara, cream blush, eye contour brush and an eye shadow which is worth £30.  Better yet this is currently a FREE gift if you buy 2 selected No7 make-up products, definitely the perfect time to do your Christmas shopping!
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 It's great having the best makeup products, but the foundations have to be good too and as I have got older I've realised the true importance of a good skincare routine. This lovely filled bag of goodies included some of their best selling skincare products which I'm really looking forward to testing out! The personalised bag was such a nice touch too!

I had such a lovely evening with the No7 team and the other bloggers and I really hope they will hold something like this in the future! I really would recommend the No7 match made service to anyone who is looking for a perfect foundation match or struggling to find the right shade of lipstick, the service is free of charge and if you head to your local No7 beauty counter they will be more than happy to help, and let you in on the magic of it! 

Have you tried the no7 match made service before? Which no7 products are your favourite?

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Look Fantastic Black Friday

Happy Black Friday everyone!! After becoming an actual thing in the UK last year, you should more or less know all about Black Friday! Beginning today (27th November) this runs all the way through to Cyber Monday (30th November). Working in ecommerce myself for a number of sites it's an incredibly busy weekend & there are some amazing deals out there to be had this year, including my favourite beauty site Lookfantastic! Last year Lookfantastic had some amazing offers on premium brands and they have out done themselves with their offering this year. I'm sure you're all desperate to find out which of your favourite beauty brands are on offer so you can find out all of Black Friday Deals HERE! Lookfantastic also sent over the most lovely little box of goodies for Black Friday, very similar to their normal beauty box that they send out each month (which is amazing by the way) - and every brand included in this box is on offer this weekend including the likes of Tangle Teezer, Eve Lom, Glam Glow & more. If you're looking for Christmas gift ideas or a payday treat, this little box of lovelies might give you some inspiration!
Remember to #LFBLACKFRIDAY to get the low down on the offers this year & to let them know what you've been snapping up!
There's literally nothing better than opening a beauty box and discovering the contents! If you are interested in subscribing to their monthly beauty box you can find out more here.
Packed full of 7 amazing products, it's one of the best I have ever received - please note this box cannot be bought & it was an exclusive Little Black Friday Box*.
I received glam glow in the first ever lookfantastic beauty box I had and I was so upset when it ran out. The cost of this face mask is 100% justifiable as it is just amazing, it's the perfect mask for your skin when it's just feeling a bit bleurgh, its a gentle exfoliator too and which helps to draw out all of the impurities in your skin. Glam Glow is definitely one to snap up this Black Friday as it is a very expensive brand! Something else to help combat the dullness in your skin is this amazing concealer from Amazing Cosmetics. I've not heard of the brand before but it is used and loved by make up artists, models and more, and it's been dubbed as the "Best concealer in the world" - so it must be amazing right? Perfect for achieving flawless skin, this should be ideal for covering up my dark circles on those early mornings this winter. As it's 3 for 2 across both ranges this weekend I think I'm going to have to stock up so I have perfect skin for the start of 2016!
 Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge*
I've only started using makeup sponges recently and think the overall result is much more flawless than when using a brush or fingers. Unlike the one I currently have, this real techniques sponge is 3 in 1, so you can contour, blend large areas of your face and use the tip to cover up imperfections. If this sponge is anything like their brushes I'm sure it will be amazing, and with Black Friday they have a huge 35% off the core collection and 3 for 2 on everything else!
 Tangle Teezer Original Purple Crush*
I have praised the tangle teezer in SO many hair blog posts now! They are the best brushes for all hair lengths, excellent for getting out nasty tangles, on dry hair or in the shower & without snagging your hairs, it's the perfect size for popping in handbags and I now have one for each of my bags so i'll never be without my trusty teezer. The colours are gorgeous too, I definitely have my eye on the limited edition twinkle tangle teezer! They have 3 for 2 across the whole range this weekend - perfect for stocking up on Christmas presents!
 Eve Lom Morning Time Cleanser* Eve Lom Cleanser*
Eve Lom is such a well known brand in the beauty industry, high quality products that are kind to skin and work miracles. I have had a lot of trouble with acne & spots in the past and I'm always looking to introduce new cleansers into my routine that will help remove my makeup without irritating my skin. These cleansers have been praised so much in the beauty world so I can't wait to start using these too. 
Lastly in the box was a full size product from La Roche Posay. Similar to the effaclar duo that I have used before, the Effaclar K (+) is designed for those with oily skin and it works to reduce blackheads and mattifies the skin for up to 8 hours from the first use -  definitely sounds like something I need! Having oily & combination skin is such a hassle to contend with, I wasn't that keen on the effaclar duo but I'm definitely going to give this one a try and I will let you know how I get on!

I absolutely loved my little black Friday beauty box and getting to try some of these products has given me an idea as to what to purchase during black Friday with the great deals that they have on offer - I will definitely be stocking up on Christmas presents as well as some beauty treats for myself, I've been rather good at treating myself recently instead of actually buying any Christmas presents though, always the way huh? As well as their amazing deals you can also get 20% off all orders with code: LFBLACK. Anyway, enjoy your Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend and I hope you snap up some bargains, don't forget to check out Look Fantastic's amazing Black Friday deals which I have linked at the start of the post, & Do let me know if you pick anything up!

Will you be taking advantage of the Black Friday deals this weekend? Have you used any of these products before?

*Products marked with an asterix (*) have been sent to me for review. However, all opinions in this post are 100% my own
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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Hubbox Plymouth Launch Night

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After a long wait Hubbox finally opened in Plymouth last weekend which I was incredibly excited about after hearing such amazing things about the restaurant. Hubbox now have a few restaurants open in the South West which are in St Austell, Exeter & Truro as well as their newly opened Plymouth branch, it seems that they are slowly spreading their amazingness around the country! I was fortunate enough to be invited down to their launch evening on Wednesday night, offering something a little bit different to your average restaurant, award winning burgers & an amazing urbanized interior I knew this place was about to become a new favourite of mine on the Plymouth scene. 
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Hubbox-Plymouth
Each Hubbox has the signature interior design and as you step off Plymouth high street and into Hubbox it feels likes you've been transported to downtown New York... 
Hubbox-Plymouth
 The interior is industrial like with a huge shipping container placed inside the restaurant, I couldn't actually believe the work that had gone on inside as this unit used to belong to Whittard Of Chelsea many years ago, and I didn't even realise there was an upstairs!
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 The signage was in line with their urban feel and it's honestly not like anything I have seen before in a restaurant, it's a huge leap from your branded chain restaurants that have a consistent style, Hubbox has a great feel to it and it offers you much more than just a place to eat, you really do get the full dining experience here.
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Hubbox-Plymouth
The mind boggles as to how they fitted a shipping container inside, Hubbox do want each restaurant to have a recurring theme and they're passionate about creating a unique dining experience like a specially created and designed shipping container!
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The staff at Hubbox tended to our every need for the evening & they were incredibly friendly and easy to talk to. We started off the evening with some delicious drinks, I would 100% recommend the Hubbox cloudy & raspberry lemonade I could literally drink a litre of this at home! It's always refreshing when restaurants have some good alcohol free options for children & those who don't drink.
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 The artwork inside was just amazing, these heads were featured across the two floors in Hubbox in various sizes and colours. I've probably said it about 10 times already but I've literally never visited a place like it, which is definitely what Hubbox are striving for.
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As we made our way upstairs to admire the further artwork, signage & seating it was time to take a seat...
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 Hubbox Plymouth can seat around 100 people at one time which is pretty good for the size of the place, it's more an eat in eat out kind of experience where the service is fast & efficient, from speaking to the staff it sounded like it had already been a hit with the people of Plymouth and it's definitely at an advantage being situated in the heart of the city centre & being a stones throw away from Plymouth university. The prices are incredibly reasonable too so it really is open to everyone.
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Hubbox-Plymouth
Hubbox-Plymouth
 Shortly after the food started to arrive... My friend Ruby & I shared the most amazing Slider Tray which is a Hubbox specialty. As well as being instagrammable, I mean look at it! The slider tray included a 4oz Mini Kahuna, Hot Chick slider, ½ Big Dog with hand-cut fries, slaw & smokey beans & burnt ends - pretty much a little bit of everything on their menu. I'm hungry just looking at this again - however, I don't think I could have ever eaten this by myself without a little help!
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Hubbox-Plymouth
 The food was too good..
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 It was quickly eaten...
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 The Hubbox slider really did live up to it's expectations, I tried everything on the slider despite being a fussy eater and enjoyed a proper fast food experience. The burgers had a real kick to them & the dirty fries are a real guilty pleasure which have hub sauce,white onions and jalapenos smothered on top. The slider is a great idea for trying out each of their dishes as it gives you a good idea as to what you really like, it goes without saying that these are perfect dishes for sharing too! I was incredibly impressed!
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 Full to the brim with good food & drink it was time to make our way home for the evening.
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My experience at Hubbox was just amazing and I couldn't have thought of a better way to spend my Wednesday evening. The atmosphere was brilliant, the food & drink was delicious, the staff went above and beyond with their service for the evening and the interior was out of this world as you can see, if you appreciate beautiful interiors then this really is the place to come. It definitely wont be long until I'm back for a burger & some dirty fries!! I wish Hubbox all the best in the future in Plymouth which I'm sure will be a resounding success, and if you are situated in Plymouth make sure you get yourself down to Hubbox for ya dirty fries!! You can view their full menu here.

Have you been to a Hubbox before? Could you manage to eat the slider? What do you think about the interior?

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